This week, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal submitted his supplemental budget priorities for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to Governor Inslee and the Office of Financial Management.

OLYMPIA — September 15, 2021 — Superintendent Reykdal’s budget priorities for the upcoming legislative session center on ensuring all students’ school environments are safe and supportive, closing significant funding gaps faced by school districts, and strengthening the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) service to the public school system.

“The pandemic exposed and intensified longstanding inequities that are, in many cases, embedded in the way our K–12 system currently works,” said Superintendent of…


The state educators of the year were named by Superintendent Chris Reykdal in a ceremony livestreamed from the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP).

From left to right — Back row: Brenda Hitchins, Janis Campbell-Aikens, Tina Nicpan-Brown, Adriana Vanbianchi. Second row from back: Boo Balkan Foster, Andres Gonzalez, Sarah Manus, Becky Adderson. Middle row: Tammy Oommen, Linda Johnson, Nancy Baldwin. Front row: Nadine Owen, Jerad Koepp, Randi Krieg.

OLYMPIA — September 13, 2021 — North Thurston Public Schools Native Student Program Specialist Jerad Koepp has been named 2022 Washington State Teacher of the Year, and Kelso School District McKinney-Vento Liaison Nancy Baldwin has been named 2021 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year.

Both Mr. Koepp and Mrs. Baldwin will move forward to the national competition for their awards. Koepp will compete for the National Teacher of the Year award, to be announced in…


On March 25, 2021, OSPI submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education to reduce the number of students who take state tests this spring, as well as the number of hours spent on those tests. Below is State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement.

OLYMPIA — April 14, 2021 — After submitting accountability and state assessment waiver applications to the U.S. Department of Education (Department) in March, it is clear that the needs of the students of the State of Washington cannot be achieved through the current design of the Department’s waiver process. …


2021 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year Nancy Baldwin is a Family Support Specialist in Kelso School District, ESD 112

For the next two weeks, we’re sharing the wisdom of our incredible regional and state Teachers and Classified School Employees of the Year, in their own words.

What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their career in education?

The advice I would give to someone who is just beginning their career in education is to enjoy the journey. You are about to be a part of something that will become bigger than the plans you had for yourself. You will be instrumental in shaping young lives, you will be the single greatest influencer on many children. Students will watch you and listen to you, so be careful to always try to…


2022 Washington State Teacher of the Year Jerad Koepp (Wukchumni) is the Native Studies Program Specialist in North Thurston Public Schools, Lacey, WA, Capital Region ESD 113

For the next two weeks, we’re sharing the wisdom of our incredible regional and state Teachers and Classified School Employees of the Year, in their own words.

What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their career in education?

My advice was the theme of my graduate cohort: teach the child in front of you. This involves adapting pedagogy, materials, relationships, supports, everything to each child and each class. Each new student is a new relationship and culture to learn from and use that knowledge to inform instruction, content, and inspire critical evaluation of curricula. Learning from and adapting to students makes us better teachers. Teaching the child in front of you…


This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. It is presumed that all of us who were in the classroom on that day, whether as educators or students, have vivid memories of where we were and what we were doing when we learned of the attack. As Social Studies educators, we have the opportunity to contextualize the impact of 9/11 on ourselves and our communities that continue to this day. Below is a list of reputable resources for students and educators to…


The pandemic interrupted thousands of students’ transitions from school to work, but training resumes thanks to COVID learning recovery funds.

A student and two adults in a factory setting.

Students receiving special education services who turned 21 during COVID-19 school building closures have an opportunity to receive additional services that help them transition to life after school.

Special education transition recovery services are among dozens of initiatives funded by the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, federal grant money to offset the effects of the pandemic.

Transition services have been required for students receiving special education services aged 16–21 as a way to intentionally prepare students for life after they graduate or “age out” of the school system. …


Today, Governor Inslee announced a new directive requiring all employees of public and private K–12 school districts to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Below is State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement.

Superintendent Chris Reykdal

OLYMPIA — August 18, 2021 — After a year and a half of remote and hybrid learning, my top priorities as our school buildings reopen for full-time in-person learning are providing for the continued health and safety of our students, staff, and families; as well as maintaining a continuity of learning without major COVID-related disruptions.

The rapid increase in cases of COVID-19 due to the highly contagious Delta variant requires us to deploy every protective measure we have. …


OLYMPIA — August 17, 2021 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will conduct elections this fall to fill positions on the State Board of Education and board positions on the state’s nine educational service districts (ESDs).

State Board of Education candidates must be residents of the region they wish to represent. Learn more about the region representation at the links below. Persons elected to the board may not concurrently serve as a member of the board of directors of either a public school district or a private school. …


A student wearing a face mask types on a laptop, with another student wearing a face mask typing on a laptop next to her.

OLYMPIA — June 29, 2021 — Early results from the COVID-19 Student Survey of about 65,000 middle and high school students in Washington show that many of them reported feeling sad or depressed most days during the pandemic. But the majority of students in each grade also reported a high degree of resilience, saying they were optimistic about the future.

The results of the survey offer important information to schools planning for how to best support students as they return to full-time in-person learning this fall. …

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Led by Supt. Chris Reykdal, OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state.

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